Recommended by Ricardo Soltero-Brown

  • Albemarle
    7 Nov. 2019
    Caridad Svich's 'Albemarle' is set in the world of decay; in a town so far beyond its better days, the residents, government, even animals have given up on it, all resigned to their fate, some seeking to expedite it, others distracting themselves with simple pleasures, like avocados; it is also set in the decay of hope, the protagonist embarking on a dark night of the soul, speaking to the one who got away about living the ghost of an existence. The play finds connections between growing up, disillusionment, loss, heartbreak and, as a politician once coined, the audacity of hope.
  • I am...
    25 Feb. 2019
    The language here feels visceral and incredibly authentic, fascinating. The micro-aggressions Adams tackles are all too familiar and squirm-inducing. One of them reminds me of a name I was called during these years. Adams sets up a tableau that is piercing and theatrical. The cheerleader is a novel touch. It's a delicate time when people are willing or not willing to understand one another and this play shares a wonderful lesson in that regard, because many times the adults aren't there, physically or emotionally name it. It's also a time where you decide who you are, Adam's triumph.
  • Suddenly
    25 Feb. 2019
    A severe drama with high stakes as a married couple tries to reconcile over a piece of writing to be or not to be set in the newspaper. Parental tactics are argued and things gets deeply personal over a tragedy no parents would wish to endure. Highly recommended.
  • Les Pamplemousses (a monologue in 12 courses)
    25 Feb. 2019
    Those who lack romance will do just about anything to hang on to it the moment they experience it. The young man in this monologue by Weaver aches to keep a triumphant moment alive and possibly evolve it into something grander - herein is the drama. The comedy is that the whole event seems to have been done backwards. There are strange feelings that come up, perhaps those of the silent partner (which takes a clever hand), as we attend to the young man's desires - which are honorable. There is great potential here for silences and subtle physical comedy.
    25 Feb. 2019
    A cute and sad memory play about the end of a special relationship. Sometimes people move on and the past isn't enough, it really shouldn't be when you get right down to it. The breaking point of any relationship is usually a surprise - except for the fact that it's gone stale - and Carnes gets that absolutely correct here. A grand task for puppeteers.
  • A Cry Headache and a Strong Taste for Bacon
    25 Feb. 2019
    A rampaging monologue about fighting an asserted shame. Many people should or have fought like this, but not always out loud. The tree of Judgement has so many branches, it's difficult to know which one you're climbing when you're up high enough. Polemical, intense, scary, even funny at times. Hernandez lets his character let it all out like a mac-truck on lock. The headlights are on and the ones on the other end of this speech had best be looking.
  • Damn You, Robert! - A monologue
    24 Feb. 2019
    What anger to an ethereal entity, very original. Love wrenched is a damn situation. Damned when it has to do with class. Love is a strange thing, we're so sure so of it when it occurs, but when it wilts, there's no forgiveness, is there? Especially when the entity was "never there".
  • Parental Questions
    24 Feb. 2019
    A parent needs validation from a child, hard but true. "These are the stuff we won't confess." I called my parents after reading this lovely monologue, which is full of fear and uncertainty. Children are going to do and say things that they don't understand the full complexities of and it's the job of the parent to take it, to do the best with it. It doesn't always work out, sometimes a parent's help comes off as shallow or easy-talk. Still the job is to do your best.
  • #Bastille
    21 Feb. 2019
    The amount of logic and reasoning would, I hope, make Brecht proud.
  • A Clue in the Library
    6 Feb. 2019
    A hilarious hullabaloo about the irritation of information, with clever twists and turns regarding familiar characters in a new milieu. Hayet always brings vibrant action to his plays and actors will love saying the lines.